Training Garage Door Businesses and Companies in Related Fields - DDM Garage Doors Blog

Posted April 17th, 2020 at 6:23 pm by Dan Musick

Since 1980 I have been training professionals to repair the various types of equipment in the garage door industry. I had started my career with Overhead Door of Elk Grove in January of 1979, and the following year I began training the servicemen there in what was, during that time, the largest garage door sales, installation and service companies in the industry.

In the early eighties, I began training maintenance men in various industries, and since then I have sold two installation & service companies to former employees whom I also trained. I’ve also helped others who wanted to start their own door companies.

Over the decades the type of training has changed. On our In-House Training Seminars page, we have a picture from on-the-job training from 2009 at Yale Materials in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Above Dan Musick is training maintenance personnel to replace a bottom section.

We have also trained companies that want to expand their services. On our Garage Door Repairs page, we have links to a number of excellent, vetted door companies. Some of these include people we have trained. Equipment Depot, for example, has a forklift company. They also have a full-time dock leveler installer and repair technician, and now they repair commercial door and dock equipment while servicing their forklift customers.

DDM links to companies that we recommend for local service. Here is our link to Equipment Depot.

We have also helped the Postal Service in Wallingford and Stamford, Connecticut.

Dan has made several trips to train postal workers in Connecticut.

On April 7 of 2020, I trained the owners and employees of a local Chicago area company, Four Seasons Garage Doors, to install steel rolling doors.

DDM recommends Four Seasons for residential and commercial garage door repairs in the Chicago area.

Over a 10 year period they had already built a strong residential and commercial business, but they needed a little guidance expanding their services into the steel rolling door market.

The following describes how I instructed them to install an outside mount door following our blog instructions titled How to Install a Steel Rolling Door.

Proper installation of a steel rolling door requires studying the paperwork to determine the “S” or “X” dimension of the door.

Three things are critical. The tracks must be properly spaced; they must be plumb; they must be level. This is the simple, but important key to installing a rolling door that will work perfectly for decades.

The installer is measuring both sides from the level steel header to assure the guides are level.

We mounted the brackets at each end, secured the top of the curtain to the barrel, and rolled the curtain onto the barrel.

The barrel is marked to identify the drive side. The door will not work if the ends are reversed.

Next, to avoid damaging the curtain we supported it with two by four lumber. The men then raised the curtain and barrel assembly into place.

The installers positioned the door into place. They aligned the brackets at each end and secured the brackets with three bolts and nuts on each side.

After installing the door, the technicians adjusted the spring tension and lowered the door. After that they installed the hood.

Here the owners, Tim on the left and Mustapha on the right install and secure the curtain door hood.

On many curtain doors it is faster to install the operator on brackets that are available from the companies that provide the operators.

Installing a steel rolling door mounting bracket on the drive side of the door is usually the quickest way to install an operator.

After installing the bracket, the installer secures the operator to the bracket with four bolts and nuts.

The remainder of the job took quite a while. On this job, the installers still needed to install the chain, run the wiring and install an operator shield to protect the operator from the elements. They also calked the shield and hood to protect the components.

The employees at Four Seasons know how to serve their customers. If you call them for help you won’t be disappointed. Their five-star reviews on Yelp are an excellent window into the quality of their work.

This entry was filed under Another Way to Replace Garage Door Cables. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Comments are closed.


Unmatched Support. The Right Part. DIY with Confidence!

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING LOCAL PICKUPS: DDM is considered a life-sustaining company because we are an internet retail company that provides essential products. Due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, however, we are changing our local order pickup policy at our West Chicago location. To pick up an order you will need to order first. The quickest way is to order in advance through our online shopping cart. There you can select the local pickup option. Or, you can call 630-293-1337 for assistance, to confirm availability of parts, and to place your order. Once ordered, your parts will be available for pickup in the lobby of our north side front entrance. Longer items will be picked up on the south side loading dock. Please honor the six foot social distancing rule. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate this challenge together. More information is available on our blog titled DDM Adjusts to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. In the same article you will also find documentation and an answer to the question: "Is a garage door repair company a life sustaining business?"